I hate sounding like a walking cliché, but… Mondays are hard. Especially when it’s gray and raining outside. Days like that (which is today for me, if you haven’t figured that out yet), leave you confronting the alarm clock with extra anger, as though the clock is playing a mean trick on you. It’s really Sunday. Sunday, the perfect day to sleep in and be lazy. The perfect day of the week for a rainy morning, afternoon, and night. Nothing needs to be really spectacular on a Sunday.
But Monday is a different story. Mondays need to be clear, inspirational. The atmosphere needs to be just right for the start of the week. Today could very well color how Tuesday through Friday play out.
So, today, the weather isn’t helping. Nor are my allergies. So, above is a picture of a beautiful sunset in White Sands, New Mexico (from a trip that I took in the fall of 2009) and below is a quote from The Shared Patio, featured in Miranda July’s collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You.
Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is really worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It’s okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.